Xavier men’s basketball coach Chris Mack has been mentioned as a good fit to replace Thad Matta at Ohio State. Mack addressed rumors about his future on Twitter on Wednesday.
My timing for this house sale, well 😳. But we are moving to NKY. Love Xavier! Now, about that house we have to sell… any takers?
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) June 7, 2017
If Ohio State hires Mack, it would mark the second time in the last 15 years that they would have poached a coach from Xavier. Matta coached three years at Xavier from 2001-04 before leaving for Ohio State. But Mack’s tweet just about puts to rest any conspiracy theories about Mack selling his house and heading to Columbus. Mack says he’s moving across the Ohio River to northern Kentucky.
Xavier is 186-91 under Mack, who became head coach of the Musketeers in 2009. During his eight-year tenure, he’s won at least 20 games seven times and two regular-season conference championships. Xavier left the Atlantic 10 to join the Big East four years ago. While the conference might not be what it used to be, the Big East still has enough name recognition with national contenders such as Villanova and Butler to possibly prevent a coach such as Mack from leaving.
Mack led the Musketeers to 28 victories in 2015-16, and this past season Xavier advanced to the Elite Eight. The last time the Musketeers won that many games or went to the Elite Eight was 2007-08.